Charts Don’t Lie: August 31

Charts Don’t Lie: August 31

Weekly review of the Hip-Hop and R&B sales/charts.

This week we're seeing a lot of the smaller debuts from last week trickle down the charts, as Wiz Khalifa takes over the top spot with his new album Blacc Hollywood. Despite having somewhat mediocre and mixed reviews, the album happened to be Wiz's first #1 LP, if you can believe it. His last release from 2012, O.N.I.F.C., debuted at #2 although it moved much more opening week (148,000 copies, compared to Blacc Hollywood's 90,000). As well, Rolling Papers, from 2011, also made a #2 debut but moved even more than O.N.I.F.C. with  197,000 copies opening week. Thus, if we learn one lesson from all of this, it's that timing is everything. With no one to compete with, it was easy for Wiz to finagle the #1 debut on the 200. Do the somewhat low sales (for a mainstream artist) reflect on the quality of the album, though? Let us know in the comments. See what else happened on the Billboard 200 this past week below.

1)        Wiz Khalifa— Blacc Hollywood: Wiz Khalifa makes his Billboard debut this week, with the release of Blacc Hollywood. The album became Wiz’s first #1 in his discography, selling just under 100k with 90,000 copies sold.

2)         Iggy AzaleaThe New Classic: Iggy Azalea continues to float back up the Billboard charts, after sitting at #17 last week she’s climbed her way up to #14, following an MTV VMAs performance of her single “Black Widow” with Rita Ora. This girl’s not going anywhere anytime soon. She moved another 12,438 copies this week, with total sales of 308,442.

3)        Trey Songz— Trigga: Trigga rises up just one spot this week to find himself at #25. The r’n’b album sold another 9,398 units, with total sales reaching 222,638.

4)       Tank— Stronger: Tank’s new album hasn’t been able to hold on for very long, after making a debut last week at #13, he’s plummeted this week to #39. Stronger sold 6,151 copies while the total sales reached 22,772.

5)        BeyonceBeyonce: Beyonce saw a spurt back up the charts as well, with her self-titled visual release making its way back into the top 50 of the Billboard 200. The album made a leap from #88 to #44, having sold 5,515 copies. Total sales are at 2,039,835.

6)        John LegendLove In The Future: Yet another r’n’b artist who continues to be strong on the charts, John Legend comes in at #45 this week. He sold 5,494 units, with a grand tally of 606,392.

7)        Eminem— The Marshall Mathers LP 2: With the announcement of Eminem’s ShadyXV album, Eminem rises up the ranks this week from #60 last week. MMLP2 comes in at #42, selling 5,319 copies. Total sales are 2,184,319.

8)        Pharrell— G I R L: Pharrell’s here for the long haul, although he did drop ten spots this week. G I R L comes in at #52, after moving out 5,177 units. Total sales are currently 506,919.

9)        August Alsina— Testimony: The young’n August Alsina sits at #58 this week, dropping several spots from last week’s #52. He still sold 4,642 copies, which brought his sum total up to 188,418.

10)      Statik Selektah What Goes Around: Statik Selektah's jam-packed album made its debut this week, settling in at #77 after selling 3,818 copies opening week. 

Underground rapper Slaine also made a debut on the charts this week, with his new album King of Everything Else arriving at #189 after selling 1,954 copies opening week.

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